What Parts Do You Need for a Full Suspension Replacement?
Over time and with regular use, your vehicle's suspension system will eventually require service. While there are times when you will need entirely new suspension, sometimes only select parts of a suspension system need to be replaced. It is good to have a thorough understanding of all of the parts you need for a full suspension replacement so that you can make the best decision as to what needs replacing.
When you are considering how much work needs to be done to on your project, make sure that you inspect all parts for excessive wear and damage so that you can make the proper decision. There is no sense replacing your leaf springs if you are going to use rusty U Bolts that will soon break. The more informed you are on the condition of the parts of your suspension and how they operate independently and as part of the system, the more economical and effective the repair job.
Leaf Springs: The Backbone of the Suspension
The main part of any suspension system is the leaf spring . The main part of most truck, SUV and van suspension systems is the leaf spring. You'll also commonly find leaf spring suspensions on older model vehicles such as classic muscle cars from the 1960s and '70s. These sturdy pieces of spring steel provide the ability of your suspension to move with the bumps in the road so that the energy is not transferred from the wheels to the chassis, which provides a smooth ride.
Each leaf spring is made from several individual pieces of spring steel, often 4 or 5 leaves, that work together to absorb the impacts that you encounter while out on the road. While some vehicles only have rear leaf springs, others also require front springs. Because of the weight and stress put on the suspension system, over time, they begin to sag, crack and break and need to be replaced.
Shackles, Hangers and Bolts: Key Pieces to Attach the Leaf Springs
Different vehicle models require different hardware to attach the leaf springs, so make sure that you choose the shackles, hangers and bolts that are right for your car or truck. It is often worthwhile to replace these small parts when you are performing leaf spring suspension repairs, as they are relatively low-cost, and using new hardware is easier to manage when doing the assembly.
Located at each end of the rear axle, shackles help the leaf handles make the right adjustment to maintain balance at the back end. Equally important, the hangers connect the leaf springs securely to the vehicle's chassis. Used in conjunction with high-quality bolts, the hangers and shackles provide additional support to the leaf springs and keep your tires in contact with the road for a safe and smooth ride.
U Bolts: Make Sure You Get the Right Connectors
U bolts are used to hold your leaf springs to your axle firmly, but not just any U bolt will fit all vehicle models. In general, there are three different shapes for U bolts: round, square and semi-round, so you need to make sure you not only get the right size for your vehicle, but also the right type of U bolt for your leaf spring attachment.
Our U bolt parts for suspension replacement projects are made using quality materials, are sold individually, and include the required nuts and washers. If you are not sure what to choose, the team at General Spring can help you to make the right decision for your car or truck.
Coil Springs: A Necessity on Certain Vehicles
Many vehicles only require a standard set of leaf springs to provide all of the shock absorption needed for safe and productive performance. However, some heavier-duty trucks or vehicles with high-capacity applications benefit from using coil springs, with leaf springs to take the more massive impacts that come from larger loads.
Heavy-duty coil springs are ideal for trucks used in farming, construction, landscaping, road maintenance and any other jobs that require hauling and towing heavy loads. There is a variety of options in rear suspension coil springs capable of increasing your rated load per spring capacity, from 25% to 50% or more.
Some vehicles also have shock absorbers to assist in load distribution, so make sure you know what your car or truck needs when you begin to look into upgrading or replacing your suspension. If you have any questions about which parts of a suspension system you require, let us know and we'll help you determine the product that is right for you.
General Spring: Your Score for Suspension Equipment
General Spring has been an automotive leaf spring and suspension authority since 1965, and in this time our dedicated team has learned the intricacies of how a suspension works inside and out. In fact, the people who answer the phone when you call are the same technicians who work to replace suspension systems in our full-service shop every day. Because of this expertise, you can be confident that when you work with our experienced suspension experts, you’ll find the perfect parts for your unique needs.
From our easy-to-navigate website and secure online ordering to a fast turnaround and shipping to anywhere across the country, we're the one-stop shop for individual and full suspension replacement kits. All of our products are made by trusted manufacturers using the highest-quality materials. Whether you need leaf springs, hangers and shackles or any other parts for a suspension replacement, you're sure to get a solution that fits your make and model of truck and meets or exceeds OEM standards. When you need to repair a suspension replacement, we stand ready to help. We'll get you the leaf spring parts you require to restore or upgrade your suspension system.
Shop our website today, and submit our online contact form to request more information and assistance from a live representative. We'll be happy to discuss your projects and help determine what part you need for a full suspension replacement.